A THOUSAND WAYS
Sep 9, 2020 - Aug 31, 2021
FROM ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST ACCLAIMED THEATER COMPANIES, A PERFORMANCE IN THREE PARTS ABOUT COMMUNION, DISTANCE, AND RECONNECTION.
A THOUSAND WAYS
by 600 HIGHWAYMEN
written & created by Abigail Browde & Michael Silverstone
Analog tools for coexistence
A THOUSAND WAYS is a three-part performance in which your words, actions, gestures, silence, thoughts, and willingness are the tools. With two people, a telephone, a table, and a stack of cards, a new type of performance emerges. Everything we need is already here, just you and me.
Obie Award-winning theater-makers, 600 HIGHWAYMEN, known for exhilarating performances that challenge the very definition of theater, have created a quietly radical response to this new world with A THOUSAND WAYS. Taking place over the next year, this three-part performance is designed in response to social distancing rules that deliver us from isolation to congregation. Each distinct installment meets participants where they are.
This is an invitation. Will you attend?
Photos: Maria Baranova
Part One: A Phone Call — September 9–September 27, 2020
Pick up the phone. Someone is on the line. You don’t know their name, and you still won’t when the hour is over, but as you follow the recorded instructions, a portrait of another person will emerge through fleeting moments of exposure.
Part Two: An Encounter — November 5-November 22, 2020
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Nested at the center of an empty space is a small table bisected by glass. You sit at the table, opposite a stranger, with a stack of index cards, a handful of objects, and a set of instructions to guide you. What will come from this? It is a chance at being heard, a brave moment to show up.
Please note that all performances of Part Two: An Encounter will be held in person at On the Boards (100 West Roy Street)
- Although this is a private encounter between you and a stranger, you will not be in physical contact in any way.
- There will be a glass partition between you and your partner the entire time.
- All props are either new for each performance or have been disinfected based on COVID protocols.
Part Three: An Assembly – Summer 2021
Dates to be Announced in 2021
When we are ready, when it is safe, we will be together again. All of us who have met across phone lines and through glass panes will come together for the final act of this experience, co-created by all of us. It will feel new, and a bit scary, but that’s ok.
All offerings are designed around social distancing rules to meet participants where they are and when they are, and adhere to up-to-date safety protocol in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Written & Created by Abigail Browde & Michael Silverstone
Executive Producer: Thomas O. Kriegsmann / ArKtype
Line Producer: Cynthia J. Tong
Creative Consultant & Dramaturg: Andrew Kircher
This production was commissioned by The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi, Stanford Live at Stanford University, and Festival Theaterformen, and was originally commissioned and co-conceived by Temple Contemporary at Temple University, USA. Original support for the production was provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphia.
ABOUT 600 HIGHWAYMEN
Since 2009, 600 HIGHWAYMEN (Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone) have been making live art that, through a variety of radical approaches, illuminates the inherent poignancy of people coming together. The work exists at the intersection of theater, dance, contemporary performance, and civic encounter. Though the processes are varied, each project revolves around the same curiosity: what occurs in the live encounter between people.
600 HIGHWAYMEN has been called the “the standard-bearers of contemporary theater-making” by Le Monde, and “one of New York’s best nontraditional theater companies” by The New Yorker. They have received commissions from The Public Theater, Temple Contemporary, Salzburg Festival, and Festival Theaterformen. They are recipients of an Obie Award and Switzerland’s ZKB Patronize Prize, and nominees for Austria’s Nestroy Prize, the prestigious Alpert Award and NYC’s Bessie Award. In 2016, Browde and Silverstone were named artist fellows by the New York Foundation for the Arts.